LCA XVI Workshops | Sustainability-It’s Not About the Market

June/July 2016 Newsletter

  • Join us at LCA XVI, in Charleston, SC!
  • LCA XVI Pre-Conference Workshop — Getting Through to the CEO: Aligning LCA with Corporate Goals for Strategic Impact
  • LCA XVI EarthShift Global Community Meeting — Anticipatory LCA
  • Managing for Sustainability: It’s Not About the Market from our Blog, #ShiftTheEarth
  • The Sustainability Leadership Experience (SLX)

    Important Changes, details below: New Office, Phone and Email


    American Center for Life Cycle Assessment LogoJoin us at LCA XVI, in Charleston, SC!


    In addition to all the great content at LCA XVI, EarthShift Global is participating in two events to which you’re all invited.

    The first is a pre-conference workshop on Monday, September 26, Getting Through to the CEO: Aligning LCA with Corporate Goals for Strategic Impact, a short course with Matt Mayberry of Whole Works on how to get your message across to the folks with the purse strings. Here’s what Bill Flanagan said about the course when he took it this Spring,

    “I really enjoyed the Sustainability Integration workshop. Matt Mayberry's perspectives resonated with and reinforced my experiences in GE, while providing a more structured approach to thinking through initiatives and preparing leadership communications. The pacing was just right, allowing plenty of interaction and discussion, and time to absorb the concepts and practice applying them. I think this workshop would be of interest to anyone tasked with developing and implementing sustainability projects or initiatives.”

    Follow this link to read more about “Getting through to the CEO”...


    Our second event is an EarthShift Global Community Meeting Anticipatory LCA by Lise Laurin, it provides you with an opportunity to learn about this important topic and how it is used to help guide environmentally responsible innovation of emerging technologies. Date and location coming soon, please email info@earthshiftglobal.com and we’ll make sure you receive the final details.



    Managing for Sustainability

    Managing for Sustainability: It’s Not About the Market
    from our Blog, #ShiftTheEarth

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      . . .Thinking about your product through a sustainability lens also opens up new lines of thought that can lead to new concepts and, perhaps most importantly, new business models.

       

       

       

       

       

      The Sustainability Leadership Experience (SLX)

      As you may recall from our last couple of newsletters, last month I helped facilitate an abbreviated sustainability leadership program developed by Matt Mayberry of Whole Works. Here’s what Todd Krieger of Dupont had to say about the program:

      “With its comprehensive economic model, The SLX workshop will immediately appeal to business leaders while presenting practical insights into the power of stakeholder engagement and the value of focusing on more than just the bottom line for long term success.”

      Follow this link to read more about the sustainability leadership experience.



      Getting Through to the CEO:
      Aligning LCA with Corporate Goals for Strategic Impact
      aligning lca with corporate goals for strategic impact

      Training – Monday, September 26, 2016
      1-4 P.M.

      Register Today on the ACLCA website


      (http://aclca-shop.lcacenter.org/t/pre-conference-workshops)
       

      Workshop Description:
      This is a hands-on workshop designed to help sustainability professionals better integrate their initiatives with the core business strategy in order to gain support from the C-suite. We will start with a brief presentation in which we present a practical roadmap for sustainability experimentation. We also present case studies (Dow Chemical, Green Mountain Power) illustrating tightly integrated sustainability efforts. We also provide a brief review of key strategy and financial concepts and terms that will help participants better connect with a C-suite audience.

      We will then engage participants in a lively role-playing exercise in which they work in small teams (acting as the CSO of Amazon) prepare a pitch for a new CSR initiative to the CEO Jeff Bezos. The teams will be given worksheets that include a list of possible CSR initiatives, a materiality assessment grid, a strategy activities map for Amazon, and a causal diagram. Each team will use a quick materiality assessment to select 2-3 top priority CSR initiatives. Then, using the causal map, they will draw the interconnections between their initiatives, core elements of Amazon’s strategy, and key financial indicators. They will then prepare a brief pitch to Bezos based on sound strategic and financial arguments. We will conclude the workshop with a group debrief in which we distill key insights and applicable lessons for participants to take home.

       

      Boot Camp
      If you miss it at LCA XVI, you can catch it again at our Fall Bootcamp.

       

       

       

      The Sustainability Leadership Experience (SLX)

      As you may recall from our last couple of newsletters, last week I helped facilitate an abbreviated sustainability leadership program developed by Matt Mayberry in collaboration with Karen Heidelmeier, one of our business advisory board members, Steve Schein, Laura Asiala, Bill Throop and Bruce Griffiths. We offered the one and a half-day training for free as a way to pilot the concept and pitch the full program to potential clients.

      Here’s what Todd Krieger of Dupont had to say about the program: “With its comprehensive economic model, The SLX workshop will immediately appeal to business leaders while presenting practical insights into the power of stakeholder engagement and the value of focusing on more than just the bottom line for long term success.”

      The Program Was a Success with the Sustainability Champions Who Participated

      They thought it was worthwhile and want to broaden it to those who don’t yet understand the value of a three pillar approach. I was happy that the S-ROI and LCA piece that ESG brought to the workshop was appreciated and got a chance to see how some of the work that my collaborators are involved in, such as tri-sector collaboration, enter into the leadership mix. I think my strongest impression was watching a new appreciation for how stakeholders can and do affect outcomes dawn on the participants.

      It can develop in any number of ways, including custom training for the management of a specific enterprise. I’m excited to participate in its further development. And I’m really excited to have new mentors in leadership and especially in sustainability leadership.

      If you are interested in future offerings or a custom implementation of this workshop, please contact us.


      Visit our Blog, #ShiftTheEarth:  https://www.earthshiftglobal.com/blog

      Upcoming Classes

      FREE Impact Assessment Course (PDF)

      Online

      Evaluating the Social & Economic Pillars - September 13, 2016
      Sustainability in Package Design - October 25-26, 2016
      Advanced Interpretation Life Cycle Assessment -  December 1-2, 2016
      Practical LCA in EarthSmart - December 7-8, 2016

      On Site

      Advanced LCA - October 18, 2016
      S-ROI Facilitation - October 19, 2016
      Integrating Sustainability into the Organization - October 20, 2016
      New Fall Bootcamp, October 18-20! 
      3-Day Sustainability Assessment & Planning


      Contact Us

      EarthShift Global LLC
      37 Route 236, Suite 112 • Kittery, ME 03904 USA
      Call:  +1 (207) 608-6228, Fax:  +1 (207) 613-7437
      info@earthshiftglobal.com

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